Exploring Gender Equality in an African Context Summer / J-Term Course, Cape Town

Travel to the iconic city of Cape Town and explore gender equality using our Girl Impact program as a case study. Affectionately called the “Mother City”, Cape Town is a diverse hub. The proudly Pink City is South Africa’s home of legislature and one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. Use your summer to travel differently and share a lived experience exploring the disparities left by the Apartheid regime.

This program gives you the opportunity to explore, first-hand, the historical and cultural significance of gender and gain an understanding and appreciation for the current status of gender equality in Africa. The Summer Course / J-Term is designed to expose and keep you oscillating in a curated sense, to a very contextual understanding of Gender and the inequalities that systemically exist in South Africa, whilst keeping you engaged in theoretical discussions on the topic of Gender in the rest of the world.

The Gender Equality program offers a combination of theoretical and practical learning opportunities. Through a series of lectures with guest speakers and experts in the field, as well as experience on our model of Gender Empowerment, The Girl Impact program, you will have the additional opportunity to help develop the project into a movement furthering gender equality.

Highlights

  • Benefit from local expertise on Gender
  • Take your class global, and work alongside experts in the fields of Gender and Development studies
  • Expand your theoretical knowledge through practical implementation
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and delicacies of Cape Town

Quick Facts

  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Academic Focus Gender Equality, Development Studies, Education, Anthropology, Human Rights, Sociology
  • Recommended Credits 1 - 3 US Credits
  • Academic Prerequisites Undergraduate Level Recommended

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Destination Description

During your stay at the tip of Africa you will be located in Cape Town, affectionately known as the “Mother City”. Though very progressive, the city remains culturally conservative and is largely characterized by dualities.

The city is a buzzing base for sports tours and festivals. There are plenty of local markets to visit, especially on weekends, where you can enjoy mouth-watering homemade fare and shop for local crafts. Visit heritage sites such as Robben Island and maybe even spot whales and dolphins off the coast. The Cape also offers remarkable wine tours and magnificent scenery.

Many say that while the city is blessed with incomparable natural beauty, it is the people of Cape Town that warm your heart, engage you show you the great diversity of country. Whether you are a student or a well-seasoned traveler, this service learning opportunity in Africa promises to leave you a deeper, stronger individual ready for the next adventure.

 

Learning Outcomes

Gain a deep understanding of female empowerment and gender equality in Cape Town, South Africa and translate this understanding to the discussion of Gender in the world.

Over the course of four weeks, you can expect the following learning outcomes:

  • Gain the experience in facilitating discussions with local communities on the six pillars of The Girl Impact program in Cape Town, whilst also learning a local African language
  • Research and analyze data applicable to the exploration of Gender Equality in Africa
  • Being exposed to local expertise on Gender
  • Have access to information and readings from African authors on their experience and research of Gender in Africa
  • Develop an appreciation for the local language and culture

Service Impact

Cape Town provides an ideal platform for the study of gender; being characterized by high levels of gender-based violence, “corrective rape” and femicide; as well as progressive gender empowerment organizations. Through the course, you will have the opportunity to apply your newfound knowledge and skills to promote informed debate on Gender as a Human Right. You will work alongside our local team and partner organization to facilitate conversations and the sharing of knowledge regarding gender, as well as provide constructive criticism on our response to Gender Equality and Empowerment.

Practical examples will include, conducting baseline assessments and using them to measure changes in attitude of both girl participants and the community at large as well as give you the opportunity to explore academic learnings for a deeper understanding.

  • WEEK 1

    Your first week will comprise an in-depth orientation where you will be introduced to the overarching themes of the course, familiarize yourself with the course schedule and set expectations. You will be exposed to the challenges that people who do not describe to gender binaries, as well as women and girls face.

    Practical examples and your first group reflection will leave you with a sound understanding of the subject matter and concepts to be explored by the end of your first week.

  • WEEK 2

    3-week Course:

    Your second week will be characterized by deeper study into the areas outlined in your first week, emphasizing the importance of intellectualizing your experience. This will be facilitated by lectures inputs, guest lectures, structured field trips to Civil Movements related to the LGBTQX and other gender-based organizations and  further reflections. You will also apply your theoretical learning to critique and make recommendations for The Girl Impact initiative run by the African Impact and The Happy Africa Foundation.

    4-week Course:

    This week will prepare you for the practical implementations to be completed in week 3.

    Your second week will be characterized by deeper study into the areas outlined in your first week. This will be facilitated by lecture inputs, guest lectures, structured field trips and further reflections. You will meet and help facilitate the community workshops for our Girl Impact program and undertake a needs and assets analysis on our model, with support from your academic lead.

    This week will prepare you for the practical implementations to be completed in week 3.

  • WEEK 3

    Three-week Course:

    In your final week, you will design a proposed model for addressing gender inequality using the skills developed in your methods workshops. Peer review and individual consultation with your academic lead will give you a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes, and allow for effective refining.

    Your course culminates in a presentation of your model to The Girl Impact committee, as well as a discussion of your process and observations.

    4-week Course:

    During the course of this week, you will have further opportunity to consult with your academic lead. The week ends with a  guided reflection at the end of the week will help you analyze your methods and outcomes and looks to application of your exposed learning to your further studies or developed interests.

    A guided reflection at the end of the week will help you analyze your methods and outcomes.

  • WEEK 4

    Your course culminates in the presentation of your model to The Girl Impact initiators, as well as a discussion of your process and observations.

    During the course of this week, you will have further opportunity to consult with your academic lead.

Dates:
January 4th - January 25th
June 1st - June 28th 2018

$3995 for the 3 week course

$4995 for the 4 week course

$500 early bird discount – book before September 30th 2017

This fee includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day Monday – Friday
  • Transfers from Cape Town airport
  • Support services from African Impact with daily guidance.
  • All lectures and talks
  • Academic support and guidance
  • Any administrative support to help you get credit with your home university

Not included in this fee:

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals at weekends
  • Travel insurance

Check out what’s included:

We know for you to get the best out of your time, we need to take care of you. This is what you can expect from us:

  • You will be collected from the airport and taken to your new home (look out for the sign with your name on)
  • Our accommodation will be home away from home in areas we have personally selected to ensure your safety and in a central bohemian location in Cape Town
  • On arrival you will have a full induction to your new home, location and how the next 4 weeks will evolve
  • All your meals will be provided for the duration of the course, by our cooks onsite, catering for all dietary needs (with a few exceptions of free days and weekends)
  • It’s a given that any transport needs whilst on our program will be provided from our qualified drivers
  • Our cleaning team will ensure shared living is easy and your washing is ready for the next day
  • 24 hour emergency support is always provided
  • No one is ever in a hurry to leave but we will ensure that we supply a ride back to the airport for you